Florida Literature: Stories of setting and place
This four-part series will examine how Florida’s unique landscape, geography and culture influences the way writers tell their stories. Free and open to the public
Florida Literature, A Natural Paradox. Presented by Laura Runge
Wednesday, February 5 at 6:00 p.m.
The tropical and subtropical landscapes of Florida have inspired writers for centuries, but the literature of Florida articulates a complicated relationship to nature. . This lecture provides an overview of literary history in Florida and calls particularly on the poets to name the experiences and render legible the beauty of this paradoxical state. Dr. Laura Runge, Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of South Florida, examines this topic.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: Notes from Cross Creek Performed by Betty Jean Steinshouer
Monday, February 10, at 6:00 p.m.
Actress and scholar Betty Jean Steinshouer portrays the famous hard-drinking novelist. A Pulitzer winner, Rawlings lived in rural Cross Creek, Florida, and wrote novels and stories focusing on rural themes and settings, including the Yearling and Cross Creek. Reservations are required: please call the Mid-County Reference Desk at 941.613.3166 starting on Monday, February 3.
Tim Dorsey: Mystery thriller writer of Florida’s outrageous and bizarre.
Tuesday, February 18 at 4:00 p.m.
The outrageously funny bestselling author of the Serge A. Storm novels—mystery novels whose protagonist is not only a serial killer but a self-appointed Florida historian.—Dorsey explains how Florida’s bizarre people, culture and history illuminate his novels. From dumpster diving prostitutes to toothless real estate developers, Dorsey captures both the outrageous and trashy sides of the sunshine state.
James W. Hall: King of Florida-gothic noir
Wednesday, March 5, at 6:00 p.m.
New York Times best-selling author and college professor at Florida International University, James W. Hall is the master of literate Florida crime novels. Hall’s books feature unique Florida landscapes that collide with human frailty and depravity. Hall explains how living in Florida shapes his writing. Reservations are required: please call the Mid-County Reference Desk at 941.613.3166 starting on Wednesday, February 26th.
Funding for this program was provided by through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent hose of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.